It will take a while for Pakistan and its cricket-crazy public to come to terms with the decision of International Cricket Council (ICC) to deprive Pakistan of hosting rights for the World Cup 2011. Despite being a Pakistani and an ardent cricket lover myself, I support and welcome this decision. Pakistan is currently passing through extra-ordinary times. We cannot deny what is happening around us. Killings, bomb blasts, suicide attacks, political uncertainty, economic upheaval, to name a few of our multiple malaises, are order of the day. In these circumstances, who do we think from the international community would like to come to Pakistan for work or play? Had the ICC not done it, I would have suggested that Pakistan should voluntarily forego its hosting rights of the event. Painful though it is, there is no denying the fact that nobody among us is expecting a change for the better in the prevailing situation in foreseeable future. Hosting such a mega event with all its paraphernalia might have landed us in huge embarrassment with the international community if ICC had not ousted us itself. Pakistan must take ICC's decision as a blessing in disguise. -S. ZAFAR, Karachi, via e-mail, April 19.